Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers return home to Arlington looking to start a new winning streak as they host the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of their series. The Rangers are -180 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 10.
The Texas Rangers ran their winning streak up to 11 games but with losses in their last two games they are looking to get things going once again. The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 31-18 at home this season, and have a three game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. The Rangers have a .273 team batting average led by Michael Young at .322, Josh Hamilton at .299, Elvis Andrus at .285, and Adrian Beltre at .272. For game one against the Blue Jays Texas starts Colby Lewis who has won his last four decisions. For the season Lewis has allowed 111 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 104 in 121.2 innings of work.
Another year of baseball and another year of the Toronto Blue Jays being a good team in a division of great teams as they sit near the bottom of the A.L. East standings with a record over .500. The Blue Jays are 8-2 in their last 10 games, have won three in a row, are 26-25 on the road this season, and are 10.5 games back in the A.L. East. As a team Toronto is hitting .259 led by MVP candidate Jose Bautista at .332 with 31 home runs, Yunel Escobar at .301, and Adam Lind at .296 with 18 home runs. As a team the Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.17 with the starters at 4.49 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one against the Rangers Toronto starts Jo-Jo Reyes who has won his last two starts, both as an underdog. For the season Reyes has allowed 132 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 61 over 105.2 innings of work.
Texas is 7-0 in their last seven home games, 12-3 in their last 15 games overall, and 5-2 in Lewis’ last seven starts against the A.L. East. Toronto is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall, 5-0 in their last five games against the A.L. West, and 4-1 in Reyes’ last five starts as an underdog. Toronto is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings of these two.
Both of these teams can smack the ball around and while both of these pitchers have been decent at times this season, it will only take one of them to be off or both of them slightly off to light up the scoreboard. Take the over 10 runs here.